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KURTZ NAMED THE BIG SKY’S VOLLEYBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KURTZ NAMED THE BIG SKY’S VOLLEYBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior setter Kennedy Kurtz was named the Big Sky Conference's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after she helped the Hornets to a pair of road wins to open the conference season. Kurtz set the Hornets to a 3-1 win at Weber State on Friday, and 24 hours later, a 3-2 win at Idaho State on Saturday.

Kurtz becomes the Hornets' first Big Sky offensive player of the week this season. Senior libero Lexie Skalbeck was named the league's defensive player of the week on Aug. 29. It also marks the first time of Kurtz's career she has earned the award.

The Tucson, Ariz., native averaged 11.22 assists, 3.11 digs, 0.33 blocks and 0.33 aces per set over the Hornets' two victories. She hit a team-best .467, comprised of seven kills without an error in 15 swings. That included the match-clinching kill at 24-23 in the fourth set of Friday's win at Weber State. Kurtz posted double-doubles in both matches, and had at least three kills, 49 assists, 14 digs and a .333 hitting percentage in both contests.

Her combined totals for the week were seven kills, 101 assists, three aces, 28 digs and three blocks.

In Friday's 3-1 win at Weber State, the third-year junior had a line of four kills, a .667 hitting percentage, 49 assists, three aces, 14 digs and three blocks. Those four kills came without an error in just six swings.

She followed that up with another solid performance in Saturday's 3-2 win at Idaho State, finishing with three kills, a .333 hitting percentage, 52 assists and 14 digs. In the decisive fifth set, which saw the Hornets save two match points before winning, 17-15, Kurtz had a kill, eight assists and five digs.

Kurtz, who is currently 16th in the nation with an average of 11.27 assists per set, has now gone over 45 assists in a match on eight occasions this year, and is second on the team with eight double-doubles. She is hitting a robust .432, her 15 aces are a team high, and she is third on the team with an average of 2.66 digs per set.

Last week marked the first time since joining the Big Sky in 1996 that Sacramento State (8-8, 2-0) opened the conference season with two road wins. The Hornets are back in action on Thursday for a home match with Montana at 7 p.m., followed by a road matchup at Portland State on Saturday.